AAA staff regularly monitors developments in the legal landscape concerning animals, in addition to other news stories regarding a variety of animal welfare topics. You are invited to keep abreast of animal-related news here.

Pet Fur Helps Gulf Oil Spill Relief Efforts

May 10th, 2010 by admin

The San Francisco-based organization, Matter of Trust, focuses on repurposing of surplus materials for eco-friendly projects. Their latest creation is mats made of fur and hair to help clean up oil spills.  Hair and fur are piled into nylon stockings to create tubes called booms. These large sausage-like fur booms don’t absorb oil but they attract it and are used to contain spills.  Dog hair from all over the world is being donated to make these booms for the oil spill in the Gulf!  For complete story click HERE.

7 Animals Being Eaten To Extinction

April 29th, 2010 by admin

With human populations increasing worldwide and consumers demanding rare and exotic meals, endangered animals are being hunted for food at an increasingly alarming rate. Due to such a diverse international culture and rich tastes, the United States is one of the largest consumers of wildlife, with mass amounts of it illegally smuggled into the country every year. Take a look at 7 animals that are threatened with extinction if humans don’t stop eating them–you might be surprised at what you find! For complete story click HERE.

Lufthansa Cargo refuses to Carry Animals Intended for Experiments

April 21st, 2010 by admin

As of April 1, 2010 Lufthansa Cargo will no longer transport dogs or cats which are intended for use in animal experiments. Axel Heitmann, director of the Competence Centre Animals at Lufthansa Cargo, says: “Lufthansa Cargo is regarded by its customers worldwide as a highly professional transporter of live animals. The decision to not transport dogs and cats for animal experiments provides a further signal that for us the focus is on the welfare of the animals.”  For complete story click HERE.

To Prove/Test Weapons Safety, Animals are Tortured

April 21st, 2010 by admin

Because of the prevalence of methamphetamine abuse worldwide, it is not uncommon for law enforcement to encounter subjects that are methamphetamine-intoxicated. Taser International conducted a study to determine the cardiac effects of an electronic control device (ECD) in a methamphetamine intoxication model. The animals that were part of this “study” were drugged and then shocked with 50,000 volts as a means of proving weapons safety.  According to Taser International, if sheep are given methamphetamine and subjected to a series of shocks and none of them suffer cardiac arrest, that weapon must be alright to use on real meth addicts. For complete story click HERE.

Stray Dog And Train: Shih Tzu SURVIVES Accidents In Utah

April 17th, 2010 by admin

A stray dog is recovering after getting run over by a freight train – twice. Fred Krause, who was operating the train, says there was no way to stop before it ran over the dog.  He spotted the same dog on the return trip and this time the pup got whacked by the train’s snowplow. Krause drove back to the site later and found the dog, which was still dazed and lying on the tracks.  Krause and his family are nursing the dog back to health and are calling him “The Little Guy.” For complete story click HERE.

Willie Nelson Takes On Tennessee Horse Slaughter

April 17th, 2010 by admin

Missouri and Tennessee want to make it legal to slaughter horses for human consumption. On Wednesday, a Tennessee house subcommittee passed a bill to allow for horse slaughterhouses and processing plants. Willie Nelson, the legendary country singer, is a vocal opponent to horse slaughter and called the bill a “step backwards.” For complete story click HERE.

Colorado Governor Signs Bill Protecting Animals

April 13th, 2010 by admin

Colorado Governor Bill Ritter signed a measure that will provide animals and pets protection from perpetrators of domestic violence. The measure allows judges to order suspected domestic abusers in Colorado to stay away from family pets and livestock. For complete story click HERE.

Animal Lovers Slam Thailand's Orangutan Kick-Boxing

April 13th, 2010 by admin

Safari World, a theme park in Thailand, has been slammed by animal lovers for its latest tourist attraction- orangutan kick boxing matches. Safari Worldhas been drawing huge crowds that cheer orangutans forced to wear boxing gloves and trained to trade punches and spin kicks. As the heavyweights of the jungle duke it out, female orangutans parade around in bikinis displaying the round number. Debbie Leahy, director of captive animals for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, said: “When you see these animals performing what are completely unnatural tricks…they’re not doing it because they want to, they’re doing it because they’re afraid not to.”  For complete story click HERE.

Louisiana Could Create Trade-in Program for Illegal Animals

April 13th, 2010 by admin

Because state law generally prohibits you from having such animals as monkeys, large exotic cats and pythons, when owners of these illegal and exotic animals no longer want their “pet” they often get abandoned in the wild. It has become a major challenge for the Wildlife and Fisheries department.   In an effort to curb the abandonment of unwanted illegal animals, the Wildlife and Fisheries department of Louisiana is urging Legislature to pass a law that would allow people in possession of illegal animals to turn them over to the state without facing penalties. For complete story click HERE.

Disabled Mans Service Dog Not Eligible For Food Stamp Benefits

April 11th, 2010 by admin

James Douris of Pennsylvania is a disabled and unemployed veteran who lives alone and relies on his dog to pull his wheelchair and fetch items.  In court on Tuesday Douris lost his yearlong effort to qualify his male boxer as a dependent member of his household in calculating food stamp benefits.  As the court noted, federal law is clear that food stamp benefits are intended for humans only.  News of this case prompted lawyers to offer their help, and Douris plans to appeal the decision. For complete story click HERE.

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